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Real Life Project Management: Lessons From Making Sourdough Bread

Posted by iammarchhare on 3 August 2009

I have published “Real Life Project Management: Lessons From Making Sourdough Bread” on Associated Content.  Here is an excerpt of the article:

Another Example of How We Use Project Management in “Real Life”

I like fresh sourdough bread.  I also like making it because it is such a stress reliever.  It also has some lessons to it, though, so bear with me.

First, you mix up the flour, salt, sugar, oil, baking soda, sourdough starter and water and beat it with a spoon for about a total of one minute.  Then, you add in flour until the mixture is stiff, throw some flour on a surface, dump the dough onto the four and proceed to beat it up.  Literally.  Except, bakers call this “kneading the dough”.

After you let this ball rise for a few hours, you then “punch” it down.  You are supposed to let it “rest” for 5 minutes, but I often get impatient and cut that short.  You then throw more flour on a surface and, you guessed it, beat it up again.  This time, though, you are kneading it until it gets to the shape and consistency of what you want.  You then let that rise and bake it.

Who knew that baking was so violent?…

You can read the rest here.

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